The death of a dear loved one is one of the most painful and devastating experiences any Pennsylvania resident can go through. When a loved one’s death can be attributed to medical malpractice, surviving family members have options available to help them get through this tragic event. Recently in another state, a lawsuit was filed by the surviving family members of a woman whose death was allegedly caused by medical malpractice.
Details of the lawsuit
The lawsuit said the woman was experiencing pain in her hip, so she was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. According to the lawsuit, an X-ray failed to reveal the cause of her hip pain, so the surgeon ordered an MRI. However, the lawsuit claimed the woman’s insurer denied the MRI and said it would only be necessary if the woman failed to improve after six weeks of physical therapy.
However, the lawsuit alleged that the woman had already completed physical therapy, so her doctor filed an appeal. Allegedly, the insurer reversed their decision over a month later and an MRI revealed the woman had cancer in her hip. The woman had her hip and leg amputated, but apparently it was too late. The lawsuit said the woman’s cancer spread to her lung and she died two years later.
Help is available for victims and families
Patients who seek medical treatment trust that they will be given appropriate and efficient care. However, doctors and nurses are human and will make mistakes. Pennsylvania residents who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice or negligence have the right to speak with a skilled litigator and seek legal recourse. A successful lawsuit could result in rightful and much-needed compensation for victims and families.